Director General of the Foreign Service and Director of Global Talent (DG) Marcia S. Bernicat administered the oath of office to 189 new diplomats, July 5, at the Department of State’s first in-person Foreign Service officer swearing-in ceremony since the beginning of the pandemic. The ceremony included the 211th...
Department of State employees may be eligible to receive credit for student loan payments that previously did not qualify for the Public Loan Service Forgiveness (PSLF) program. The PSLF Limited Waiver, which reimburses qualified education expenses for those who have worked in public service (for a government agency, the...
Embassy Phnom Penh’s public affairs section hosted a pre-departure orientation for seven professionals selected for the Spring 2022 Young Southeast Asian Leaders Initiative (YSEALI) Professionals Fellowship program in the United States, June 9. Their 5-week program—hosted by the American Council for Young Political Leaders, International City/Country Management Association, American...
Ambassador Lisa Kenna (back row, eighth from right) inaugurated the Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs’ Intersection of Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity (SOGI) substance abuse treatment program at the San Juan Bautista Community Mental Health Center in Ayacucho, June 15. The program will train health professionals...
The U.S. Consulate General in Munich celebrated Pride during the month of July, from supporting the “queer:raum” event in which 20 LGBTQIA+ artists performed, to participating in the largest Pride parade in southern Germany, July 16. At the parade, members of the consulate community designed and drove a massive...
The public affairs section at Embassy Monrovia recently worked with its first cohort of young, up-and-coming Liberian journalists to help build capacity, create a support network, and link the group with professional U.S.-based speakers and resources. With support from the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs’ speakers program, award...
U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Agencies in Rome Cindy McCain traveled to Guatemala and Honduras, July 23-30, to visit the ongoing U.S.-funded U.N. food and agriculture projects and meet with government officials, U.N. agencies on the ground, and program beneficiaries. These projects showcase how the U.S. government, the...
In June, the Bureau of European and Eurasian Affairs (EUR) held two bureau-wide “Wellness Days” designed to relieve employees from the stress of their jobs to focus on their mental, emotional, and physical health. EUR partnered with a variety of experts, both inside and outside of the Department of...
Ambassador J. Raymond Ylitalo (back row, second from left) and Asunción Bi-National Conference (BNC) Director Wallace Keiderling (back left) appeared on the September 1972 cover of the Department of State’s Newsletter with a team of Paraguayan and U.S. musicians. The team rode the cowcatcher of an ancient Paraguayan Railway...
In a landmark first visit by an American ambassador to the Garma Festival of Traditional Cultures, and her own first visit to the Northern Territory of Australia, Ambassador Caroline Kennedy (right) traveled to remote East Arnhem Land for Australia’s largest Indigenous gathering, the Garma Festival, July 27-31. The renowned...